Sunday, December 12, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Aristocracy

According to the Oxford Diccionary aristocracy means "the highest class in certain societies, typically comprising people of noble birth holding hereditary titles and offices".    In the pic there are people who belong to aristocracy.
Aristocracy derives from Greek aristos, meaning "best"; and kratos, meaning "rule, power".

Aristocratic, aristocats (a children´s film whose title plays with these roots) and arete have the same root aristos. Meritocracy, kakistocracy and theocracy have the same root kratos.


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